12 Questions Episode 166: Stanisha

The 166th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Stanisha.


1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?

I’m 38 My location is Serbia, in music almost 25 years, but not all the time in electronic. I was singer in punk band as teen (16) then after many bands moved to experimental jazz music with Zdravko Karanovic and Dejan Sotirovic and formed band Bioplasma and doing first steps into electronics with famous “fastracker’.

2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do”

As I’ve mention before ‘fastracker’ opens that doors ! at first just for fun or to give some ‘spice’ in tracks but very soon after as main beat maker etc.  Seriously in music ? well that’s just like you go to supermarket to see the whales .. Music is something like emotional thinking outside of your head! Link to other soul mates, perfect messanger but best way to describe is Fire! Family near fire, all sleepy and connected .. that’s what music is!

3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?

This is how we do it with electronic styles ..  experiment with any daw we can find! after fastracker there was Rebirth , Cubase , Sound Forge , Propellerheads Reason and so on! Self – taught  all the way! reason is simple we had a lot of instruments and stuff we already have music .. but what we need mostly was uniqueness more deep and darkish atmospheres and textures .. so we rich that with some of the daws.

4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?

Nowadays I have one very fast way to produce tracks / remixes .. in my school we call that part ‘the power of scenes’ let me explain .. in Ableton Live is session view we create 12-15 scenes .. every scene haves all just like band! Drummer, bass, synths etc. then for every next scene we make changes , or adding new sounds and grooves .. believe or not that goes amazingly fast! so in 90 minutes I have basic idea done! Then record and move to arrangement to work on transitions , breaks , details etc. That’s why I have so many music around …tnx to this unique ways of production.

5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?

I have Garden and a lot of stuff to do during the daytimes .. not happy with jobs in Serbia! but from time to time we do something useful haha! I do artistic carpentry , Oil paintings well all about art actually from ceramics to drawings … honestly trying to keep my music production school alive and like that to stay closer to music!

6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?

The list is huge ! In every genre I can find good or bad music .. my favs are always some phases that bands do for experiment so for example I like Pink Floyd but Live at pompei or album Umma Gumma .. all deep and dark music with something unique and mysterious works for me well.

7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc)  piece of music you bought?

I think it was Sepultura ‘Roots’

8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

I don’t have driving licence, for environmental reasons.

9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?

All! Once when producers took DMT and destroys their ego music will get new dimensions! and will be used for healing and meditation only.

10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?

Guys that brings me message and doing something more then pose around! Revolutionary , Emotional, Devoted, sacrificed for Love, Truth and Peace among all Living on this Planet!

11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?

Design your own sounds! Get recorders in your pocket go to places and record ! use old typing machine and start making some poetry! record everything !! then use that textures and rock on!

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

Still working on that one.

‘Substance’ EP is out now on Symmetric Records, you can purchase the release: here

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